Learn a vast repertoire of forró steps and variations.

Develop your dance technique and style.

Explore your musicality.

Welcome to the Forró New York online class with Rafael Piccolotto de Lima, including weekly live stream sessions, replays and additional content.


  • This is a subscription-based plan (see plans & pricing for more details).

  • All levels welcomed.*

  • This course is focused on the individual. No partner needed.

  • This course is for leaders and followers, not focused on roles.

  • This course started on March 18, 2020 and since then all weekly classes are being recorded and available for replay.

  • Additionally, a series of videos were produced as complementary content for the course.

  • Participants have access to:

    • Entire library of videos of this course (more than 30 hours of content), including recorded live classes and additional material.

    • Exclusive page with complete syllabus.

    • Weekly live stream classes (Wednesdays 7pm-9pm).

* If this is your first time dancing forró, we recommend you to take the Online Course for Beginners before starting this course.

Click here for more information about live stream classes.


  • A comprehensive course focused on individual skills and personal development.

  • More than 25 hours of recorded content.

  • Emphasis:

    • Repertoire of moves

      • Basics (including 1-1, 2-2, front&back, back step, cross footwork, xique-xique, turns)

      • Variations (many different ways of executing and ornamenting all basic steps)

    • Technique

    • Musicality

      • Understand forró rhythms and how to use them in your dance

      • Explore all steps from the repertoire of moves part of the class in relationship to the music

    • Style and Creativity


This is a list of the main themes explored in each class.

(Additional complementary topics are also discussed during class)

CLASS 01 - Introduction | Introduction

CLASS 02 - Balance, weight transfer e foot position | Music count VS dance count, use of arms introduction

CLASS 03 - The smallest unit - evolution of steps (focus on side steps) | Understand transitions & Inverting strong beats

CLASS 04 - Front & Back variations | Simplify to be able to develop style and musicality

CLASS 05 - Back step (open position) variations | Rhythms of forró

CLASS 06 - Cross footwork variations | Playing with the melody

CLASS 07 - Xaxado | Musical form, predicting transitions

CLASS 08 - Half turns (for close position) | Breaks

CLASS 09 - Front & Back variations (with walks and added steps) | Preparing transitions

CLASS 10 - Front & Back roots variations (with cross footwork) | The forró "claves" - Syncopated rhythms

CLASS 11 - Xique-xique basics | Rodão tips & tricks

CLASS 12 - Hold and fake continuations | Using repeated steps to invert beats / body angles

CLASS 13 - Cycle of simple turns in orbiting motion | Musical body: isolating movements

CLASS 14 - Hip movements | Musical hips / Connected body

CLASS 15 - Full tuns together (pião) | Silence/break VS Hold, Syncopated steps

CLASS 16 - Added beats ornaments to the fundamental movement | Preparing for breaks and re-starts

CLASS 17 - Xique-xique variations | Creating focus on your movements

CLASS 18 - Inverted turns | Movements in counterpoint

CLASS 19 - Side turns | Playful posture / Playing with heights

CLASS 20 - Multiple steps and turns (5 and 7 steps turns) | Exploring contrast

CLASS 21 - Repique | Practice and Q&A

CLASS 22 - Miudinho | Practice and Q&A

CLASS 23 - Final recap - basic step variations, walks and turns together | Final recap - musicality and style 1

CLASS 24 - Final recap - turns and cycle of turns | Final recap - musicality and style 2


Repertoire of moves and technique

Musicality, style, creativity and expression

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Rafael Piccolotto de Lima is an experienced forró dancer from Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil). He has been dancing for more than 14 years and was part of the Forró Brasil dance group between 2006 and 2007, held at Cooperativa Brasil, one of the most important forró venues in the state of São Paulo (in the 2000's).

Being a Latin Grammy nominated composer, conductor and doctor of musical arts, Rafael was also an instructor for special workshops about musicality and creativity in forró dance at Casa do Lago, UNICAMP (State University of Campinas), Brazil.

Rafael is one of the most active forró instructors in North America, teaching weekly in New York City and traveling to give special workshops. He was an instructor at the Forró Fest USA (2017, 2018 and 2019), 4th Boston Brazil Dance Festival (2017), instructor at the NY Forró Fest (2018 and 2019), instructor and creator of the Forrobodó NY Festival (2018), instructor at the Montreal Forró Fest (2019) and instructor and director of the Forró New York Weekend (2019).

Rafael is also one of the leading online forró instructors in North America with the creation of various online courses available here at Forró New York.



$100 - Complete course subscription - This grants you access to the complete library of weekly classes produced starting March 18, 2020. It includes the participation on Wednesday live streams, unlimited access to all replays and additional content produced for this online series. This is valid for the month of your subscription.


You can renew your participation/subscription monthly purchasing the live classes plan month-by-month ($40-$50) or by purchasing the course renewal monthly ($25) continue to have access to the participants page (but not not participate on the live classes).

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I’ve been taking dancing classes my whole life and nothing compares to what I’ve been learning with Rafael. I believe that because he’s a composer and a conductor and his approach to music and rhythm is completely different to what is out there and it has changed the way I dance forever. Not only the way I dance forró, but everything. It changed my perspective. On top of the an amazing classes, the environment is fun, people are awesome. You learn a skill at the same time you make friends for life. Highly recommended!

Lívia Silva


I didn’t know what to expect when I started taking online classes with Rafael. It was hard to imagine how to learn a couple’s dance virtually. I can tell it has been a beautiful experience. Rafael knows how to explain complex concepts in a simple way, and in every class he gives us elements to build new vocabulary in our dance. I think that because he is a musician, he understands the dance from the inside out. It feels like he is teaching us how to perform individual notes and, then it is to us to put them together and create new “music” with our bodies and feet. 


Rafael makes the classes interactive and fun. We can always ask questions and get feedback. Thank you so much Rafael. I love your classes!

Angelica Vargas Prada



I really enjoy Rafa's classes because he teaches different techniques and different steps in a way that is very easy to understand. And because of his background as a musician, he is great at teaching musicality and how to express ourselves with our bodies. I fully recommend this class, 100%!

Elaine Simon


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